Update 3/29/2017 -  Multiple Preliminary Injunctions Issued for Executive Order Travel Ban

On March 29, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Hawai'i converted its March 15, 2017 temporary restraining order (valid for a maximum of 14 days), into a preliminary injunction, which continues to block enforcement of all of Sections 2 and 6. Sections 2 and 6 of the new EO barred entry for 90 days individuals without valid visas from particular countries of origin (Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) and entry for 120 days for refugees. Enforcement of these sections of the EO is currently prohibited in the U.S., at U.S. Borders and ports of entry, and in the issuance of visas pending further court orders.  Additionally, on March 16, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction(link is external) on section 2c of  Executive Order 1378, also preventing the Government from enforcing the 90-day entry bar.

See NAFSA's EO Entry Ban Litigation Updates page for more information on all ongoing litigation, including government appeals and timelines.

Update 3/15/2017 - Temporary Restraining Order & Preliminary Injunctions Issued for Executive Order Travel Ban

The U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a nationwide Temporary Restraining Order on sections 2 and 6 of the new Executive Order 13780 which was to take effect March 16, 2017.Sections 2 and 6 of the new EO barred entry for 90 days individuals without valid visas from particular countries of origin (Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) and entry for 120 days for refugees. Enforcement of these sections of the EO is currently prohibited  in the U.S., at U.S. Borders and ports of entry, and in the issuance of visas pending further court orders.  Additionally, on March 16, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction on section 2c of  Executive Order 1378, also preventing the Government from enforcing the 90-day entry bar. See NAFSA's EO Entry Ban Litigation Updates page for more information on all ongoing litigation. 

Keep in mind other sections of the EO will remain in effect, including suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program, increased screenings, and reviews of U.S. immigration policy. Due to the fluid nature of the situation, BIO continues to urge extreme caution in travel for individuals from the impacted countries. For impacted individuals, please consult with BIO and your legal counsel before any international travel. BIO also continues to recommend all other individuals to minimize non-essential international travel.

March 6, 2017 Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States

On March 6, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order entitled Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States  scheduled to take effect on March 16, 2017. This Executive Order replaces and revokes the prior Executive Order 13769 which had been issued on January 27, 2017. As with the prior Executive Order, this new Executive Order contains provisions that directly affect our student and scholar populations, along with the departments who host them. It contains provisions that seriously impact the entry into the United States of individuals without valid visas from particular countries of origin (Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). Additionally, effects of the Executive Order's increased screening procedures will likely have an impact on travel for many non-immigrant visa holders.

The order issued on March 6th does exclude from the suspension several categories of foreign nationals including United States permanent residents, those with dual nationality traveling with a passport from a non-designated country, those who held valid visas on January 27, 2017, and those who hold valid visas on the date of implementation of the new order, March 16, 2017. In addition, the new Executive Order does not include Iraq in the list of designated countries. 

The Department of Homeland Security website includes a Frequently Asked Questions page regarding the Executive Order.

Also see BIO's summary of the March 6, 2017 Executive Order.

Concerns? Questions?

Please visit BIO with any F-1/J-1 immigration concerns or questions. Our Advisers provide a welcoming, safe environment to explore any worries you may have related to your visa status, as well as explore options and benefits available your current or future plans. For complex issues beyond our scope, we can assist you in finding a referral for an immigration attorney.

Enrolled UC Berkeley and EAP students can access resources through Counseling and Psychological Services(link is external) (CPS), including individual confidential counseling appointments, groups, self-help tools, and more. Here are some options for accessing support from CPS:

  • Drop-in is crisis counseling is available 10am – 5pm Mon – Friday. No cost and no need for an appointment
  • Make an appointment with a counselor by calling 642-9494. Let us know if you would like to meet with a specific counselor or counselor from a particular background
  • Drop-in consultation is available at satellite locations, For a schedule visit https://uhs.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/letstalk.pdf(link is external)
  • Support during weekends and evenings (when CPS is closed) – Call 855-817-5667

UC Berkeley employees and Visiting Scholars or postdocs can find support through the Employee Assistance Program (link is external) which provides free, confidential counseling and referrals. You can also contact Employee Assistance at 643-7754 with questions or to make an appointment.

See the Counseling & Psychological Services Response to Recent Events(link is external) webpage for useful support resources during this time of continuing change.